Beehives on one of several Heathrow biodiversity areas.
Beehives on one of several Heathrow biodiversity areas.

A gorgeous morning at Heathrow biodiversity sites!

Few wispy clouds, blossom exploding into life everywhere, the buzz of busy insect’s foraging on nectar and pollen.

The glorious sound of a British summer.

Does not look much like an airstrip granted, this is one of several biodiversity sites surrounding Britain’s favorite airport.

There are many hectares of beautifully managed biodiversity sites around London Heathrow's airport.
There are many hectares of beautifully managed biodiversity sites around London Heathrow’s airport.

 

Bees buzzing around a hive entrance
Even at 7 am bees are out and about

Over 8 degrees and the bees emerge eager to begin foraging on the abundant flora and fauna.

Honeybees only aim in life is survival of their colony, each precious little honeybee works diligently to ensure the young bees are fed, the beehive is kept incredibly clean and nothing comes into the beehive that should not.

Lastly, honeybees forage for food in the form of nectar and pollen, in the above image the bees are coming and going, already busy collecting pollen and nectar, by mid-morning in full sun many more bees will have emerged.

 

With 1.8 million bees on Heathrow’s  biodiversity sites, BeekeeperTom has more take off’s and landing’s than air traffic control.
Fortunately, the honeybees do not need permission to take off or land.

 

What’s next?
Our next venture is corporate sponsorship for a large native/near native bee breeding program based at Heathrow and beyond.

 

BeekeeperTom is an apiculturist who works with corporates who have an interest in restoring and increasing biodiversity through native/near native honeybees and other insect pollinators.

Insect pollination is responsible for over a third of our food crops in Britain and worldwide.
Honeybees are the public relations face of pollinators and a great indicator of general insect pollination health in the area.
Currently, honeybees are facing challenges from several areas, it is so important that we do all we can to ensure their survival.
This includes planting an assortment of native pollinator friendly flowers wherever we can.
Collectively roadside verges make up a larger area than UK national parks, leaving the roadside verges to bloom is essential, unfortunately, many UK councils cut many roadside verges just when they are coming into bloom.

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